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As with any large construction, there are mixed feelings from the downtown merchants and residents. One of the more controversial aspects of the project is the demolition of the "welcome island" positioned between Props and the Blueberry Store. The crosswalk is useful and the welcome sign an icon part of downtown - that is undisputed. The new plan calls for the construction of a new welcome sign and crosswalk further to the east - positioned between City Hall and the little park that is the gateway to the Huron Street Pavilion. The pavilion hosts the farmer's market from May through October and the ice rink during the winter.
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The project also includes funds for new street furniture, improved access to City Hall with a better accessible ramp, an urban rain garden, relocation the memorials on the front lawn, creating more gathering spaces on the front lawn of City Hall, and public WiFi downtown specifically targeting those enlarged pedestrian spaces.
We're excited to see the new configuration and appearance of the downtown area. Hopefully the short term hassle of tearing up the main street in downtown will be well tolerated by our fall, winter and spring visitors for the ultimate improvement of South Haven's downtown experience. This fall we will post updates when the project begins!